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Vintage Native American Beaded Medicine Bag Blue

Vintage Native American Beaded Medicine Bag Blue

Regular price $72.00
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This is a sweet little hand beaded medicine bag of blue glass seed beads. It's a vintage piece in all-blue except for a few larger clear accent beads. It's decorated with fringe and has a folding top.

It's meant to be worn around your neck as an adornment, but it's also a functional holder of good and tiny things. Here are some little treasures this medicine bag would happily hold (not all at once) . . . 

  • a key
  • one or two hard candies or mints
  • a little tiny pot of lip gloss 
  • a miniature mascara (Anastasia of Beverly Hills makes a nice one that will fit)
  • a few coins
  • a little bit of folded cash
  • a folded up note with a positive affirmation
  • a blank piece of paper with a teeny tiny pen or pencil
  • gum
  • a tiny sample vial of perfume
  • one folded up tissue (or two)
  • a dried flower or two
  • a favorite fortune from your cookie

This wonderful little treasure is from the private collection of Martha Struever, the late Native American art dealer. I wonder what she would have carried in it. There was likely a story behind this little beaded pouch. As it stands, it could have been made by a Navajo, a Pueblo or a Plains bead worker. We no longer have its origin story, but it has many more stories to make as it carries your own good medicine.

The bag/necklace measures 4" from top of bag to tip of fringe by 1 7/8" wide. The bag portion measures 2 1/2" x 1 7/8" wide. The necklace portion hangs 15" plus the 4" total bag.

Besides the beads, the piece was made with cloth string and satin.

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